(I’ve been running social bookmarking site, Faves.com, since 2005).
I still think there is a largely unmet need that fits into the “Social Bookmarking” niche. But I don’t think “Social” is the best way to think about it.
As an avid user (of Faves.com, in my case) – I use it for (in order of importance):
1. Pack Rat - I don't ever want to loose a link I found interesting enough to want to recall later. 2. Personal Search - I need a great search interface to quickly find anything I've saved (search across tags, and comment text).
The unmet need – NOT “Social” in the sense that I want to share links with my “friends” – but, rather, topic-based “Communities”. Help me interact with people who share the same interests. This is more in the vein of Hacker News or Reddit. But I don’t have any one service (Faves, included) that do this “right” yet.
I think I want a well integrated system that spans:
- Personal Bookmarking - Personal Knowledge Base w/ Search - Topic Forums - Commenting system - Micro-blogging/publishing